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October 2012 Archives

Dracula's castle

Before Twilight and Buffy, there was Dracula.

While Bram Stoker's 19th century novel of the same name is a work of fiction, its title character is loosely based on real life Romanian General Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler.

CBC's Josh Lynn put together this tale of a Thunder Bay history buff who visited one of the landmarks associated with the "real" Dracula.


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Stranded by Sandy

We meet a Thunder Bay couple who are riding out the superstorm in a hotel in Newark, NJ. It's not quite the vacation they'd been planning.

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HMS Bounty

The HMS Bounty is a casualty of Hurricane Sandy, sinking in the waters off North Carolina. We speak with a Thunder Bay woman who sailed on her twice, most recently this summer.

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Kwae Kii Win

Kwae Kii Win is a managed treatment facility where people with severe alcohol addictions are given controlled doses of alcohol in a supervised environment.
It's operated by Shelter House Thunder Bay. CBC's Josh Lynn paid a visit to the centre's grand opening today.

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Thunder Bay becoming less multilingual

New census data came out today. It shows the number of people in Canada who don't speak English or French as their mother tongue is increasing.

However, Thunder Bay isn't part of the trend. Here, the proportion of people with English or French as their first language is up, while other mother tongues are on the decline.

With one exception - the number of Ojibway speakers has increased.

We reached Chris Southcott at Lakehead University to talk about the trend. He's a professor in the department of sociology there.

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Another voice

The Canadian Bar Association is adding its voice to those calling on the federal Department of Justice to launch an inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The association wants the government to work with it, and with aboriginal communities, to learn more about the underlying factors that may have contributed to the disappearance of these women.

Aimee Craft chairs the bar association's National Aboriginal Law Section. Here's her conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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The big 150

The Thunder Bay-based online comic series "Welcome to Hereafter" is celebrating it's 150th update today. Creator Bry Kotyk chats with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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A divisive issue

We hear how a repeated act of vandalism at one Thunder Bay nightspot has it's owners waving a white flag, and how it's going to make the men's washroom there...a little more drafty.

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House explosion


A house that exploded earlier today in Thunder Bay caused quite the commotion in a North-side neighbourhood. The CBC's Jeff Walters has been up since early this morning following this story, and he brings us the latest.

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Quality Market closure impact

We hear how the loss of Quality Market affect people who regularly bought their groceries there.
The closure of the stores may create "food deserts" - a large urban areas where it's tough to buy food.

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Coming attractions

Voyage North's Josh Lynn stopped by a job fair happening at Silver City Cinemas in Thunder Bay today. Nearly 40 employers were there to accept resumes and answer questions. Josh sat down with one of the job seekers to see how the search is going.

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From paperwork to page turner

Have you got a wonderful idea for a book rattling around in your head?

We meet the man who specializes in helping people in this part of the province access funds so they can spend more of their time typing and less trying to make ends meet.

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It's not whether you win or lose

Come from behind victories are the stuff of sports legend. But it's hard to make a combeack when your down 79 to nothing. Especially in football, where the score almost never gets that high.

But those were the odds facing the Superior Gryphons high school senior football team this weekend in Thunder Bay. They were playing the Churchill Trojans. Sadly, there was no story book ending. The final score was 79-nothing.

Warren Nieckarz coaches the Gryphons. We reached him at football practice, to assure us what really matters is how you play the game.

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Laughter is the best medicine

Hundreds of medical professionals paid a visit to Thunder Bay last week for the international Rendezvous 2012 conference. They spent their time soaking up PowerPoint presentations full of research results and meeting with their peers. But they also learned how to lighten up. The CBC's Josh Lynn brings us the story of how laughter may be the best medicine for doctors too.

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Dr. Mom in smalltown

We hear from Mary Johnston. She's a presenter at the Rendezvous 2012 medical conference happening in Thunder Bay this week. She talks to Voyage North host Cathy alex about meshing motherhood with rural medicine.


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The results are in

After months of speculation, the preferred location for Thunder Bay's proposed events centre was announced today. Our city hall reporter Jeff Walters brings us the details.

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Pharmacists will offer more services

The province is introducing changes to give pharmacists the power to offer some services you'd usually get at the doctor's office. We hear more about the changes from a pharmacist in Thunder Bay.

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Talking Windsor/Picton/Blucher

Voyage North broadcasted live from the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club this week. It's right in the heart of the Windsor/Picton/Blucher neighbourhood. Cathy Alex chats about the area with Community Action Group organizer Alana King and Red River Ward Councillor Brian McKinnon.


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One year later

One year ago today Laura Darby and her Ministry of Natural Resources colleague Dan Morrison were surveying wildlife in the bush, about 90-minutes north of Thunder Bay.

The two had just split up so they could walk their separate quadrants and record what they saw.

As Darby explains to Voyage North's Cathy Alex, she had no warning she was about to be attacked, and seriously injured by a large male black bear.

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Ontario Ranger cuts

Learning independence. Learning to love the outdoors. We hear from one woman who says that cuts to the Ontario Ranger program means young people will be losing out.


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Brandon versus Evergreen

Sinking baskets to raise money, and hope. That's the goal of Brandon versus Evergreen.It's a special event happening this Friday afternoon, October 5th at Minnesota Park in Thunder Bay. It's a fundraiser for the city's flood relief committee. Voyage North host Cathy Alex spoke with organizer Brandon Walker.

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Geraldton Arrest

One of the two men accused of forcibly confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Nova Scotia is in custody today (mon) in Geraldton. Forty-seven year old David James Leblanc was arrested last night near Longlac. Leblanc and 31 year old Wayne Alan Cunningham are alleged to have assaulted a 16-year old boy over a period of two weeks. Jack Julian is a CBC reporter in Halifax. He's been following the story, since news of the boy's escape and ordeal first became public. He spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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